May 6 – Beach Patrol (#8) put on a show for the 150,000-plus revelers at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day. The colt used his high cruising speed to lead the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic nearly all the way before grudgingly giving way to last year’s winner Divisdero in the final strides. The Grade 1 Woodford Reserve is the traditional lead-in to the Run for the Roses.
“(Divisidero) ran terrific, and our horse ran great too,” said Beach Patrol’s trainer Chad Brown after the thrilling stretch run.
A four-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, Beach Patrol has now earned $797,945 in his 12-race career. He’s bankrolled $662,875 of that total since being purchased by James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners and Head of Plains Partners LLC from Gary and Mary West nearly a year ago. The deal was brokered by Sallusto & Albina.
Beach Patrol became a Grade 1 winner not long after the purchase, scoring the Secretariat Stakes last August at Arlington Park. His narrow defeat in the Woodward Reserve is his fourth on-the-board finish at the highest level all across North America. He’s also placed in the Belmont Invitational in New York and the Hollywood Derby in Southern California.